Recently, we have witnessed another example clearly showing how important and valuable details are.
The Austrian police controlled dangerous goods transport.
While reviewing documentation they found that a driver did not have the latest valid version of written instructions in accordance with ADR 2017.
Perhaps we would expect that this can be justified, because each new version brings new changes. And we could also expect proper sanctioning.
But at least here this wasn't the case.
The latest version of written instructions differs from the previous version in one slight detail – a new sticker no. 9A for lithium batteries has been added.
And for this little thing, the driver paid a EUR 200 fine.
Written instructions are a mandatory part of documentation that must accompany the transport of dangerous goods. They are intended for the drivers to be well informed on the dangerous goods they are transporting.
The uniform four-page instructions must be kept at a visible spot in the driver's booth.
The first page indicates measures in case of an accident or emergency event.
This is followed by instructions on dangerous features of dangerous goods by classes and the measures with regard to the predominating dangers.
The last page of the instructions indicates personal protection gear and general protection gear that must be present on the vehicle.
Written instructions must be provided by the transport operator in the language understood by the driver. This is also the "detail" that should not be ignored.
Written instructions in various languages are available on this link.
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